Various artists album review
April 1, 2005
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 3/4||Production : 3/4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 2/3|
The compilation album "Reggae Songbirds" collects 18 tracks from some of the finest female voices in the reggae business including Jamaican artists such as veterans Marcia Griffiths, Pam Hall and J.C. Ludge as well as UK based vocalists like for example Sylvia Tella, Toyin Adekale and Queen Omega. It's a nice attempt to correct the woeful under-representation of women in the male-dominated Reggae world. "Reggae Songbirds" mainly focuses on the Lovers Rock genre. Nothing wrong with that, but with a better balance between lovers rock and reality tunes this set could have expressed that female artists are also able to deliver conscious themes in a convincing way. Now there are only a few tunes to reveal that aspect of the genre's feminine side. Anyway, best tracks are the Marcia Griffiths tunes "Better Days" and "Something Inside So Strong", Queen Omega's "One Time" and "Hypocrites And Parasites", Donna Marie's "Masterplan", Sylvia Tella's "Two People", Nisha K's "Secret Lover" and Phoebe One's dancehall/R&B crossover track "Knocking On Heaven's Door".Teacher & Mr. T.